About Me: Career China business specialist. My passion is to understand and explain the way China and the West relate to each other, through the universal language of commerce. I began studying China in 1981; moved to China (Xi'an) in 1985; married into PRC family 1986; lived and worked in China 18 years, through 2003, when I returned to USA. To cast US-China business as a sport, I spent ten years as a "player" (on staff for US-invested companies, in import/export, sourcing, buying agency, market research) and ten years as a "coach" (in management at strategy consulting, private equity, public relations firms in China, also developing business plans, running start-up and turnaround projects.) Now I'm somewhere between a coach and a commentator. A "player" tells you the latest tactics, a "coach" talks about resources and strategy. I can still do the "coach" role but everything I see ends up as a data point in my ongoing commentary about how and why Chinese and Westerners misunderstand each other and what we can do about it.
About The China Business Network: For every business with goals in China, no matter what unqiue skills and resources are needed to reach those goals, the players and coaches are out there. The trick is finding them, and that's what The China Business Network is for. The bridge that separates the business cultures of China and the west is longer than any one person can span - It Takes A Network, so here's hoping we all find each other.